It means that we realize by faith how actually we shared with Christ in His death, and now, as He lives in us, abide in unceasing fellowship with Him, the Crucified One. By that act of surrender they actually have crucified the flesh and consented to regard it as an accursed thing, nailed to the cross of Christ. The Spirit led Christ to the cross; the cross brought Christ to the throne to receive the fullness of the Spirit to impart to His people. Everything depends upon our acceptance of the divine assurance: If we died with Christ, as He died, and now lives to God, we too have the assurance that in Him we have the power to live unto God. Amen and Amen. All that belongs to death must be given over to death, even as the body is laid away in the earth because it belongs to the earth. Amen." Father, save Me from this hour. The Secret of the Cross has more than a few poignant statements: "Instead of denying himself, Peter denied his Lord"; and pregnant sentences like, "The Lamb is our Lord and Lawgiver". I'm any case it is significant for every Christian on the straight and narrow. Alas, how many there are who have never for a moment thought of such a thing! But so it was: God had laid upon Him the iniquity of us all, and He yielded to the inexorable law: Through death to life and to fruit. In me, that is in my flesh, in the old nature which I have from Adam, there dwells literally no good thing that can satisfy the eye of a holy God! (Read that one, too! When a man learns to obey Christ's commands, he says of HIMSELF: "I know not the man." "O My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass away from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as Thou will." The thought of fellowship with Christ in His bearing the cross has often led to the vain attempt in our own power to follow Him and bear His image. Do not think of your love to Him, but of His great love to you, given through the Holy Spirit. And why does Christ make such an exacting demand the condition of discipleship? Commenté aux États-Unis le 10 juillet 2020. NOOK Book. It is only as the love of Christ on the cross possesses our hearts, and daily animates our whole being, that we shall be able to love the brethren. "Let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame." At the beginning of His ministry He said (John 4:34): "My meat is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and TO FINISH HIS WORK." It is only because and as we know that we are dead with Him, that we can live with Him. "Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by the way which He dedicated for us, a new and living way, through the veil, that is to say, His flesh." Des tiers approuvés ont également recours à ces outils dans le cadre de notre affichage d’annonces. But this is impossible to man until he first learns to know something of what it means to say, "I have been crucified with Christ.". In our text we have three great unsearchable thoughts. To keep it short, I will say that God, through Andrew Murray's books, has brought me in to the most beautiful and personal place. "Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died unto sins, might live unto righteousness. Self- pleasing, self-sufficiency, self- exaltation, become the law of his life. Having died unto sin, and being forever set free from its dominion, let us know that sin can no more reign over us, or have dominion. Have we not here the reason that our prayers for the mighty working of the Holy Spirit are not more abundantly answered? She spend an hour overtime and explained that every thing can be achieved with this book and so it did! He asks the question: "We who died to sin, how shall we any longer live therein?" What multitudes have felt that Christ's claims were beyond their reach and have sought to be Christians without any attempt at the whole-hearted devotion and the entire self-denial which Christ asks for! "Then said Jesus unto His disciples, 'If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.'" "Christ died unto sin once; but the life that He liveth, He liveth unto God" (ver. Just before the words of our text paul had written (1:17-24): "The word of the cross is to them that are perishing foolishness; but unto us who are being saved it is the power of God." He had spoken of Dives crying "I am tormented in this flame." We must learn the lesson of the cross as condemned and rejected ones, who have been crucified with Christ. What Paul had written in Galatians_2 is here in the end of the epistle confirmed, and expressed still more strongly. Confira também os eBooks mais vendidos, lançamentos e livros digitais exclusivos. But here is something new and very special. The Secret of the Cross has more than a few poignant statements: "Instead of denying himself, Peter denied his Lord"; and pregnant sentences like, "The Lamb is our Lord and Lawgiver". --1_Corinthians 9:25, 27. Our "old man" must be crucified with Christ (Romans 6:6), and in the resurrection of Christ we find the roots of our new life (1_Peter 1:3). "He that doth not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. Things take a turn for the worst when a mysterious cross suddenly appears on his farm. In this last expression we have the great thought that a Christian cannot live unto righteousness except as he knows that he has died unto sin. The fellowship of the cross is to be the life of a daily experience, the self-emptying of our Lord, His taking the form of a servant, His humbling Himself and becoming obedient unto death, even the death of the cross -- this mind that was in Christ is to be the disposition that marks our daily life. But except for that they are good friends with the world, and have liberty to enjoy as much of it as they can, if they only keep from open sin. The spirit of Peter, seeking to turn Him away from the cross and its suffering, was nothing but Satan tempting Him to turn aside from the path which God had appointed as our way of salvation. Jesus felt what the anguish must be in the heart of His widowed mother, and commits her to the care of the beloved disciple. They shrink back from the self-denial that it implies, and as a result, where the flesh is allowed in any measure to have its way, the Spirit of Christ cannot exert His power. The Secret of the Cross book. And if we ask how we can do this, we find the answer in the mind in which Christ died. Compre The Secret of The Cross [Illustrated] [Annotated] (English Edition) de Murray, Andrew na © 1996-2020,, Inc. ou ses filiales. Amen. That gave the priest entrance into the Holy Place to offer God the incense as part of a holy worship. Many deceive themselves because they seek to be alive in God before they are dead to their own nature -- a thing as impossible as it is for a grain of wheat to be alive before it dies. Of this flesh it is written, "Our old man was crucified with Him" (Romans 6:6). He calls you now, at whatever cost of self-denial, to regard the world, in its hostility to God and His kingdom, as a crucified enemy over whom the cross can ever keep you conqueror. And this in order to obtain an earthly prize. The great work of the Holy Spirit is to reveal Christ in our hearts and lives as the Crucified One who dwells within us. We need the Holy Spirit to make our death to sin in Christ such a reality that we know ourselves to be forever free from its power, and so yield our members to God as instruments of righteousness. They do not understand that it is in the crucified Christ, and in the fellowship of His death, that they are to abide daily and unceasingly. By faith we may appropriate that dying word of Christ on the cross, and find the power for daily living and dying in the fellowship of the crucified Christ. With what readiness of joy and love Christ gives the immediate answer to his prayer! The cross does not offer to improve human nature, or to supply what man is unable to do. But there is more needed. Yet this is what the Lord Jesus taught. Christ claims all. But this is not what God desires. "There is, therefore, now no condemnation to them who are in Christ Jesus, who walk, not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.". In all things, the small as well as the great, He should accomplish God's work. The Spirit strengthened Christ to offer Himself to God on the cross. How clearly this appears from what Paul says: "If we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him"; it is the knowledge and experience that gives us the assurance of the power of His resurrection in us. But as long as we have not been taught this lesson through the Spirit, we shall try to find good in ourselves, something of worth in God's sight, and upon which the sentence of death need not be passed. --Hebrews 9:14. He taught them to take up the cross. Trouver tous les livres, en savoir plus sur l'auteur. "If we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him." No, the old garment, our old man, must be laid aside, and given over to the death of the cross. It was because the crucified Jesus lived in them that they could live crucified to the world. Les membres Amazon Prime profitent de la livraison accélérée gratuite sur des millions d’articles, d’un accès à des milliers de films et séries sur Prime Video, et de nombreux autres avantages. Here he goes deeper, and tells us that it is enmity against God: it hates God and His law. So here with the ruler He unveils the great mystery that it is only by divine power that a man can take up his cross, can lose his life, can deny himself and hate the life to which he is by nature so attached. "AND HATH MADE US KINGS AND PRIESTS UNTO GOD AND HIS FATHER" -- and now preserves us by His power, and will strengthen us through His Spirit to reign as kings over sin and the world, and to appear as priests before God in intercession for others. Read reviews from world’s largest community for readers. Des milliers de livres avec la livraison chez vous en 1 jour ou en magasin avec -5% de réduction . This disposition should characterize every follower of Christ. And secondly, be assured that only through the continual teaching of the Holy Spirit in your heart will you be able to appropriate spiritual truths. First, THE ATONEMENT OF THE CROSS: "Who His own self bare our sins in His body upon the tree." "I have been crucified with Christ; yet I live; and yet no longer I, but Christ liveth in me." -- Galatians 2:20. Il analyse également les commentaires pour vérifier leur fiabilité. "My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?" Buy The Secret of the Cross (Secret Series) by Murray, Andrew (ISBN: 9780875087962) from Amazon's Book Store. When Jesus Christ came to restore man to his original place, "being in the form of God, HE EMPTIED HIMSELF, taking the form of a servant, and HUMBLED HIMSELF even to the death of the cross." The words give us a short summary of the blessed teaching of Romans 6. It was this awful desertion breaking in upon that life of childlike fellowship with the Father, in which He had always walked, that caused Him the agony and the bloody sweat in Gethsemane. As the Lamb on earth reveals what the Lamb in heaven would be, so His followers on earth can show forth something of the glory of what it is to follow Him in heaven. And the highest and the holiest that the Holy Spirit can work in us is to take us up and to keep us in the fellowship of the cross of Christ. Paul here reminds us of the well-known principle that anyone competing for a prize in the public games is "temperate in all things." By the Holy Spirit revealing and glorifying Christ in us, we may trust Christ Himself to live out His life in us. Nothing less than His love poured out through the continual breathing of the Holy Spirit into the heart of every child of God. It needs a strong faith, wrought by the Holy Spirit, that the union with Christ crucified -- the fellowship of His cross -- can day by day become our life. Christ the crucified may be the subject of the preaching and yet there may be such confidence in human learning and eloquence that there is nothing to be seen of that likeness of the crucified Jesus which alone gives preaching its supernatural, its divine power. The love that cared for His enemies cared too for His friends. The cross reveals to us man’s sin as under the curse, Christ becoming a curse and so overcoming it, and our full and everlasting deliverance from the curse. We have had some of Paul's great words to the Galatians about the cross and our being crucified with Christ. "Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness." He speaks of his only glory being that in Christ he has in very deed been crucified to the world and entirely delivered from its power. God has continued to call me in deeper, and has given me such a burning passion and closeness with Himself that I didn't know was posssible to have. The law of the Master is the law for the disciple; the love of the crucified Jesus, the only rule for those who believe in Him. Teach me, above all, to believe that I cannot either understand or experience this except through the continual working of the Holy Spirit dwelling within me. Being now made free from sin, ye have your fruit unto sanctification" (vers. In the temple there was a veil between the Holy Place and the Most Holy. I have sought to explain the chief words of our Lord and of His disciples on this subject. Christ has one word more: "He that renounceth not all that he hath," whether in property or character, "cannot be My disciple." "AND WASHED US FROM OUR SINS IN HIS OWN BLOOD" -- Is that not proof enough that He will never reject me; that I am precious in His sight, and through the power of His blood am well-pleasing to God? "Behold thy mother!" --Mark 10:21. Here with the rich young ruler He reveals from the side of God what is needed to give men the will and the power thus to sacrifice all, if they are to enter the kingdom. When Christ repeated once again what He had said, they were astonished out of measure, "Who then can be saved?" I’ll keep looking for a better one. The Christian is here called to keep his eye fixed on Jesus enduring the cross, as the one object of imitation and desire. Of Himself it was true that all His life He bore His cross -- the sentence of death that He knew to rest upon Himself on account of our sins. Here you have the way to follow the Lamb even to the glory of the throne of God in heaven. I concentrated on a cross that I wanted on that Friday. The Secret of the Cross 72. by Andrew Murray. Our Lord endured it all and cried: "I thirst"; soul and body was the sacrifice He brought the Father. But into the Most Holy, behind the veil, the high priest alone might enter once a year. The two are at deadly, irreconcilable enmity. Many people, indeed, use it in this way, like patching a new cloth on an old garment. --1_John 3:16. One might have thought that Christ did not need to lose His holy life ere He could find it again. It is only as the great truth of the indwelling Christ obtains a place in the faith of the Church which it has not now, that the Christ-like love to the brethren will become the mark of true Christianity, by which all men shall know that we are Christ's disciples. Prueba Prime Hola, Identifícate Cuenta y listas Identifícate Cuenta y listas Devoluciones y Pedidos Suscríbete a Prime Cesta. But in the second section (5:12 to 8:39) he expounds that wonderful union with Christ, through faith, by which we died with Him, by which we live in Him, and by which, through the Holy Spirit, we are made free, not only from the punishment, but also from the power of sin, and are enabled to live the life of righteousness, of obedience, and of sanctification. We have here a deep and very precious truth. How much more ought we, in the consciousness of that evil nature and that death which we inherited in Adam, be most grateful that there is a way open to us by which, in the fellowship of Christ and His cross, we can die to this accursed self! But with that He uses a most significant expression revealing what is implied in the cross: "If any man come after Me, LET HIM DENY HIMSELF, and take up his cross." In bearing the cross, he acknowledged the sentence of death that was on him. 12,13,14). It was in the ordination charge, when Christ sent forth His disciples, that He first used the expression that the disciple must take up his cross and follow Him. Let us in the power of Thy redemption yield ourselves unto God as those who are alive from the dead, ready and prepared for all His will. And with that word He uttered the truth of the gospel of our redemption, that all that was needed for man's salvation had been accomplished on the cross. Christ undertakes to satisfy every need and to give a hundredfold more than we give up. Buy The Secret of the Cross by Murray, Andrew (ISBN: 9781546773672) from Amazon's Book Store. It is as we learn to believe and to worship that love that we too shall learn to say: "Abba, Father, Thy will be done.". He had so identified himself with the weakness of the cross, and its shame, that in his whole life and conduct he would prove that in everything he sought to show forth the likeness and the spirit of the crucified Jesus. Whether it was the love that prays for His enemies, or the love that cares for His friends, or the love that rejoices over the penitent sinner who was being cast out by man -- in all Christ proves that the cross is a cross of love, that the Crucified One is the embodiment of a love that passes knowledge. Blessed Lord, make known to us day by day through the Holy Spirit the secret of our life in Thee: "We in Thee, and Thou in us." Paul did not know Christ after the flesh, but through the Holy Spirit Christ was revealed in his heart, and he could testify: "I am crucified with Christ; I live no longer; Christ liveth in me." All nature is a parable of how the losing of a life can be the way of securing a truer and higher life. He would allow nothing to hinder him. And how may the footsteps of the Lamb be known? Everything, however attractive, that might be a hindrance in the race is given up or set aside. He knew that for John there could be no higher privilege, and no more blessed service, than that of taking His place in the care of Mary. He boasts that he lives as one crucified to the world, and that now the world as an impotent enemy was crucified to him. He said to the disciples that if any man would come after Him, he must hate and lose his own life. 18,19,33). When Christ died, the veil was rent. The next three reveal love in the tremendous sacrifice that it brought, necessary to deliver us from our sins and give the victory over every foe. His love held nothing back. Achetez et téléchargez ebook The Secret of The Cross [Illustrated] [Annotated] (English Edition): Boutique Kindle - Christian Living : But this rends the garment, and such persons walk about in torn clothes, and go from one minister to another without finding what they seek. --Revelation 1:5,6. And so He would have each disciple bear his cross -- the sentence of death upon himself and his evil, carnal nature. Hence it comes that many Christians seek and pray for years for conformity to the image of Jesus, and yet fail so entirely. How very different the relation of Christians to the world in our day! "Peter rebuked Him, saying, 'Be it far from Thee, Lord; this shall never be unto Thee.'" This was the way that led to the throne and the glory of God. Commenté au Royaume-Uni le 18 février 2018, Commenté aux États-Unis le 14 juillet 2011, Well worth the read and even better if you know what you are getting. "O My Father, let this cup pass from Me" -- but it might not be, and He bowed His head in submission: "Thy will be done." Our Lord used the Apostle Paul to put this still more clearly. They desire to enter into the Holiest of All, and yet allow the flesh with its desires and pleasures to rule over them. A super short (and cheap) book on the atonement is, Shameless: A Guide for Evangelists who Preach the Cross. 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